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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Preview: Game 76 - Mets at Miami - Niese vs DeSclafani

Preview: Game 76
New York Mets (34-41) at Miami Marlins (37-37)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (3-4) 2.67 ERA vs Anthony DeSclafani (1-1) 5.60 ERA
TV - PIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 1:10 PM


The Marlins have enjoyed success against left-handers this year as they face Jon Niese in Sunday's four-game series finale at home.

Miami (37-37) fell for the third time in four games with Saturday's 4-0 defeat. The club has totaled four runs in that span and been shut out twice in this series.

Redmond won't be able to pencil in second baseman Rafael Furcal, who left in the fourth inning with a left calf and hamstring injury after grounding out to end the third. Furcal, who missed the first 2 1/2 months of the season with hamstring and groin injuries, is headed back to the disabled list.

Derek Dietrich, the club's opening day second baseman, is expected to be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. Dietrich hit .242 in 41 games for the Marlins this year.

Miami's infield was already missing shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who was scratched Saturday with soreness in his elbow on his throwing arm. He could return Sunday.

The Marlins are 11-5 against left-handed starters as they face Niese (3-4, 2.67 ERA) for the second time after he pitched seven scoreless innings against them May 5 in a 4-3 loss. He is 0-2 with a 3.25 ERA in five road starts against them.

Niese has one of baseball's poorer run support averages at 3.16. He is winless in his last five starts, going 0-1 with a 2.62 ERA as the Mets (34-41) have provided him with eight runs of total support.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is 0 for 3 versus Niese this year after entering the season 7 for 18 with two homers off the southpaw.

Stanton has 13 homers at home -- tied for the most in the majors -- but has none in six 2014 games in Miami against New York.

New York star David Wright is 10 for 23 on this seven-game trip, including 6 for 11 with a homer in this series.

The Marlins will look to split this 10-game homestand behind rookie Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60), who will make his fourth career start and first against the Mets. The right-hander gave up four runs over 6 1/3 innings Tuesday and did not get a decision in a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Box Score:

Jeff Baker157100101.467.467.5331.000
Rob Brantly30000001.
Derek Dietrich31000001.333.333.333.667
Rafael Furcal50000011.
Adeiny Hechavarria113000112.273.333.273.606
Reed Johnson218000311.381.409.381.790
Garrett Jones20000000.
Ed Lucas83100013.375.444.500.944
Jeff Mathis51100001.200.200.400.600
Casey McGehee102100012.200.273.300.573
Marcell Ozuna42100100.500.500.7501.250
Jarrod Saltalamacchia30000000.
Donovan Solano114200302.364.364.545.909
Giancarlo Stanton217002428.333.375.619.994
Christian Yelich61000002.

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